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Unit Overview


Advanced Engagement and Communicative Skills unit is intended to strengthen the levels of academic and cultural integration in students' localised surroundings. The unit should be seen as a way for students to improve their communicative skills to a level of IELTS 6.0 and strengthen confidence in their use of language in a range of authentic contexts. The unit builds on aspects of the Advanced Integrated Language Skills unit but also covers themes within Australian Society. Consequently, activities and outcomes from this unit partially relate to those within the corresponding units.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate accuracy and fluency in the spoken language up to a level of IELTS 6.0; (2) demonstrate an ability to interact successfully in English in a range of academic and social settings; (3) demonstrate an ability to understand a variety of accents, register and discourse types depending on the setting; (4) embed an awareness of the local community and/or the wider Australian culture; and (5) demonstrate an ability to use and understand a wide range of both formal and informal vocabulary within the cultural context.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) group Project; and (3) presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.